There were heroics at both ends of the pitch as Brentford's four loan players were in action this weekend.
Jack Bonham returned to the Carlisle United starting XI and kept a clean sheet in The Cumbrians 1-0 win over Crawley Town on Saturday. After losing his place last month, it was an impressive showing from the 24-year-old who made two crucial first-half saves to deny Jordan Roberts and Cedric Evina from close range. The decisive moment came six minutes after the break as Hallam Hope ghosted in at the far post to head home for Keith Curle’s side. Tempers frayed late on with Richard Bennett, Tom Parkes and Josh Yorwerth all shown straight red cards in the final quarter of an hour. The three points see The Cumbrians rise to 14th in Sky Bet League Two ahead of tomorrow’s Checkatrade Trophy game at home to Leicester City Under-23s.
In Denmark, Emiliano Marcondes scored his fifth goal in as many games to spark a stirring FC Nordsjaelland comeback which returned them to the top of the Danish Superliga on Sunday. All six goals came in a 20-minutes spell after half-time as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead. Emiliano made it 2-1 with a clinical header on the hour, his seventh of the season, and the goals kept coming. Mathias Jensen levelled things up at 2-2 three minutes later before Ernest Asante converted Marcondes' through ball to put FCN ahead on 66 minutes. Emiliano set-up the fourth as well for Matias Rasmussen 20 minutes from time to complete the turnaround. FCN lead the table by a point from FC Midtjylland going into the international break.
Konstantin Kerschbaumer also proved to be the hero as he came off the bench to score the winner in Arminia Bielefeld’s 2-1 win over 1. FC Nürnberg on Saturday. Andra Šporar gave Bielefeld the lead on the hour but that was cancelled out ten minutes from time by Swedish striker Mikael Ishak. However, Konstantin popped up with four minutes to play to steer home the winner from the centre of the penalty area and move Arminia up to fourth in the 2.Bundesliga table.
Tom Field had to watch on from the bench as Bradford City returned to winning ways after a 2-0 victory at home to Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers in League One on Saturday. Both goals came in the opening 45 minutes at the Northern Commercials Stadium with Charlie Wyke and Nathaniel Knight-Percival the men on target. Stuart McCall’s side moved up to third with the win, two points behind second-placed Wigan Athletic, with a trip to MK Dons next Saturday on the horizon.